Tuacahn

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Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Tuacahn Fountain Sign.JPG
Address 1100 Tuacahn Drive
City Ivins, Utah
Country United States
Coordinates 37°11′29″N 113°39′33″W / 37.1913°N 113.6592°W / 37.1913; -113.6592Coordinates: 37°11′29″N 113°39′33″W / 37.1913°N 113.6592°W / 37.1913; -113.6592
Architect Mesa Consulting Group Inc.
Owned by Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Type Off-Broadway outdoor amphitheater
Capacity 1920
Opened April 1995
Production

The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz,

Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
Website
www.tuacahn.org

Tuacahn Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts center located in the mouth of the Padre Canyon, adjacent to Snow Canyon State Park, in Ivins, Utah. The 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) facility was completed in 1995 and includes a 1,920-seat outdoor amphitheater, a 328-seat indoor theater, a black box theater, a dance studio, a costume shop, a scene shop, and Tuacahn High School, an arts specialty high school. Tuacahn's show season includes two or three productions for the amphitheater stage, usually one for the indoor Hafen Theater, a live-action recreation of the nativity called the Festival of Lights, and a spring and fall concert series.

History[edit]

Tuacahn was founded in 1995 by Utah playwright Douglas C. Stewart. Partnering with philanthropist, and creator of the Franklin Planner, Hyrum W. Smith, he planned the creation of a setting where the story of the founding of southern Utah could be told. The two, using a plot of 80 acres owned by Orval Hafen, set to building this dream. Tuacahn opened in April 1995 with a dedication by Gordon B. Hinckley and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The venue presented the musical Utah!, a telling of Jacob Hamblin's story of the founding of southern Utah, and the peace established between the Mormon settlers and the natives in the area. The show took advantage of the amphitheatre's setting and the impressive technical aspects by recreating a flash flood on stage. In 1999, the decision was made to switch to a so-called "Broadway in the Desert" format away from the "heritage arts" format. The first season of this new format consisted of a double bill of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, both of which were wildly successful[clarification needed] with visitors from all United States and 25 other nations. It was decided that this new format would continue. In 2002, productions of Annie Get Your Gun and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat broke all previous box office records. This occurred again in 2003 when The Wizard of Oz broke all box office records at Tuacahn. In 2005, Tuacahn decided to commemorate their tenth season with Beauty and the Beast and a third production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. These two shows once again beat all previous ticket sales by a dramatic margin.[clarification needed] In 2006, MTI selected Tuacahn as one of eight regional theaters in the United States to present the first post-Broadway professional productions of Les Misérables. In June 2009, Tuacahn was awarded rights to present the post-Broadway regional-theatre premiere of Disney's Tarzan. Due to this success, Disney awarded them the rights for the post-Broadway regional premiere of The Little Mermaid. It has been announced that the 2014 season will include The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, all of which Tuacahn has previously produced.

In 1999, Tuacahn began operation of Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, a high school that combines a college preparatory curriculum and an arts focus in music, dance, theatre, or visual art. Through the years it has been awarded with many accolades including first place at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Over 80% of graduates from Tuacahn High continue onto college degrees.

Productions in the Amphitheatre[edit]

1995[edit]

  • Utah!

1996[edit]

  • Utah!

1997[edit]

  • Utah!

1998[edit]

  • Utah!
  • How the West Was Won

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2014[edit]

Productions in the Hafen Theatre[edit]

1995[edit]

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